Winter graduations round-up

Posted by crm28 at Jan 24, 2017 04:25 PM |
Graduations, the bi-annual celebration of students’ successes took place 19 - 20 January 2017 and DeMontfort Hall welcomed some very special guests including the latest batch of Leicester graduands from across the University.

Notable attendees included five year old Per Hanson Weir who is believed to be the first five year old to have taken to the stage during a University of Leicester graduation ceremony. Per’s mother, Marin Hanson, had completed a PhD in Museum Studies and thanked the University for the support and flexibility it provided her in enabling her to study whist simultaneously becoming a mother.

Jean BreezeDub poet and adopted Leicesterite Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE was created an honorary Doctor of Laws during Thursday morning’s ceremony. Binta was born in Jamaica and has used poetry to express her struggles with schizophrenia. Like the University, Binta has been keen to understand and help people to live with the issues associated with mental illness and she has acted as Patron of Showcase Smoothie and Soft Touch Arts social and charitable initiatives.

Read Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze’s Oration by Nigel Siesage

Anne FineDuring the morning ceremony on Friday 20 January, Leicester born author Anne Fine OBE, who is best known for creating Madame Doubtfire, the inspiration for the film Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams, became an honorary Doctor of Laws. Anne has previously served as Children’s Laurette between 2001 and 2003 and also written a number of acclaimed novels for both children and adults.

Read Anne Fine’s Oration by Professor Graham Shipley

Images from the ceremonies can be found on our website as well as on our Facebook page. Full videos of the ceremonies can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

If you are a current student curious about your own degree congregation, you can find out more details about the ceremony here.


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